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How To Have Relationships?

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 24 June, 2017 “The individual cannot love. When the individual loves, he ceases to be purely individual” D H Lawrence. Q: One of the things I find difficult or challenging, that brings up a lot of stuff for me, is how to relate to other people and how to have relationships. Because relationships for me are one of the great joys, and one of the great frustrations of my life. How do you have a relationship, any sort of relationship, from that place of awareness? And how can you relate to other…

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Feeling Incredibly Vulnerable

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 24 June, 2017 Q: I’m feeling incredibly vulnerable. I really didn’t think I was going to come up, but I just thought maybe I should. I’ve really struggled today, being here. Such difficult feelings; and I don’t even know exactly what they are. I’ve just felt so overwhelmed. James: Where do you feel it in the body? In the belly, somewhere in the central column? Q: A lot wider than normal. Just the whole of me feels incredibly uncomfortable – figity and sicky and almost like I’ve got a fever. If I…

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Authentic Anger

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 25 June, 2017 Q: I don’t know what authentic anger is. When I’ve been angry it’s been very emotional and out of control. So I avoid it. James: Yes. Most of us avoid anger, particularly if we’re English! Our conditioning is that anger is bad all the way through. And when we add spirituality on top of that, it’s super bad. But in not having any relationship with anger, what tends to happen is that it either comes in one burst and completely takes us over, like you say, and we come…

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Nothing Looking, Nothing Being Seen

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 25 June, 2017 Q: You talked this morning about nothing – nothing looking, nothing being seen. I think that needs a little bit of expansion. James: Yes. Let’s go through it again, because I think it’s worth going through it again and again and again. So conventionally, we’re in here (points to his head) looking out through here (points to his eyes) on a world of separate, independently existing objects. But when we look deeply into that belief we realise that no, actually there’s this awareness, and our body parts, thoughts, feelings and…

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Using Spirituality As Another Escape From Life

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 13 May, 2017 James: Realising what it is that you truly are, and that life itself isn’t separate from that, that you are being life, that You, capital Y, or whatever else you want to call ‘it’ – Awareness, Presence, whatever – is actually being life itself, can be a real “Wow!” recognition. But even so, for most of us, all the psychological suffering that’s been going on for a lifetime will still carry on. I had a real wake-up call once. I was hearing someone praying – praying for all the people…

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Crucifixion And Resurrection

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 15 April, 2017 Q: I like sitting up here with you James and there’s sort of a taste for it somewhere, and then there’s a frustration at it too. James: Tell me about the frustration. Q: I can’t f****ng get it! James: How’s that frustration showing up. Try and get wise to the body now. “I can’t f****ng get it.” How is that showing up physically? Q: I suppose now immediately it comes back as a sadness here. (points to the chest) James: Great. There it is. Bring it back. Follow the…

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Working With Gritty Sensations

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 15 April, 2017 Q: I can drop the story momentarily, but there is still sensation. And the sensation is, not constantly, but typically recently, is pretty heavy. James: Great. So we come back to the start again. Simple. Child-like. Here we are. Whatever-we-are. And we notice that whatever-we-are, that’s here, has this quality of being aware. Aware of the visual image, of sounds, smells and tastes, as well as thoughts, feelings and sensations, all coming and going, while this that we are, that is aware, doesn’t come and go, but remains constant…

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The difference between Freedom and Self-realisation

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 15 April, 2017 Q: I read something a couple of weeks ago, and it stayed in my head and I’ve been looking at it, because it was saying there’s a difference between freedom and Self-realisation. They don’t go hand in hand. I think I had a wrong belief or something there. I had always thought, like most people, that Self-realisation is the destination. And yet your approach, which seems to me to be not unique but slightly different, is almost like the Self-realisation bit, which I kind of get – the impersonal…

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Gratitude is the flavour of You

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Transcript from a meeting with James Eaton on 15 April, 2017 Q: Hearing you say “Thank You” has reminded me of what I’m constantly curious about, which is gratitude. I’m very curious about where it comes from, and where it goes to. Particularly where it goes to. Because I don’t really know. And sometimes I’m really aware of it being a bargaining tool. Sometimes it just arises out of nowhere and just floods and fills and I go, “Where did you come from? And where are you going?” (Silent connecting) James: For me, as this starts to open up and…

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